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The Siq in Petra, Jordan

Welcome to nature’s most spectacular hallway, carved out of ancient stone, forming a three-kilometre path that promises a walk to remember.

This is the Siq, a word that means ‘shaft’ in Arabic.

It’s the natural gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular landmarks, the ancient carved-stone city of Petra, a World Heritage Site that was once the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom around 300BC.

As you wind your way along its kilometre-long twisting path, which narrows to just three metres across in places, eventually the city’s impressive 40-metre tall structure known as The Treasury, carved into red cliffs, comes into view.

It’s a journey that every intrepid traveller should make.

 

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This article appeared in issue 23

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